MSc Medicines Optimisation

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Background to Medicines Optimisation Certificate/Diploma/MSc

Medicines Optimisation describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines optimisation places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by health care professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK.

The Medway School of Pharmacy MSc in Medicines Optimisation is an innovative postgraduate distance-learning programme designed to equip healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines optimisation services and to individual drug therapy decisions.


The programme comprises a series of 5 and 10 credit compulsory and optional modules which are accessible via either an online learning platform or a website. Each module or course comprises a mixture of text, resources for self-study and case studies interspersed with suggestions for activities which link the learning directly with practice.


Assessments include case study analysis, critical appraisal of the literature, written assignments which include short essays, development of service specifications, narratives linking evidence with practice.

For the research project which completes the final 60 credits of the programme, students will be required to prepare an abstract, research poster for presentation and carry out a structured research thesis.


There are many opportunities within medicines optimisation for health care professionals with an additional qualification.


Click on the links below to sample the introductions to two of our 10-credit compulsory courses.

Medicines Management in Practice

Medication Review in Practice

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Preparing for Prescribing (P4P)

NEW! Are you planning to apply for the Independent / Supplementary Prescribing programme? Take our CPD short courses to prepare you for this demanding programme of study. Choose from Pharmacology (eCourse), Numeracy (eCourse) or Clinical and Consultation Skills.

Patient Monitoring in Practice

Patient Monitoring in Practice has been updated and improved. There are two 5-credit courses. Start with Patient Monitoring in Practice and move on to Advanced Patient Monitoring in Practice. Improve your patient monitoring skills and participate via our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).


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